Child custody is the legal term referring to the authority given to the parent/s to make major and long-term decisions regarding the child’s upbringing, including education, healthcare and religion.
Custody of the child is shared by both parents, which means that both parents are granted equal rights to make major decisions regarding their child’s life. Here, the parents need to facilitate open communication and reach a mutual agreement for every major decision involved in raising their child.
Joint custody is preferred by the Singapore Courts as this order recognises the value that each parent can contribute to the life of a child. It also imparts a key message that neither parent is better than the other, and so it fosters cooperation and respect between the two.